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if somone signs the birth certificate does that mean that there automatically responsible for the child?

a friend of mine said that the hospital told her that if her bf sign the birthcertifacte and he decideds later that he wants a paturnity test done and the child comes out that it wasnt his then hes still liable for taking care of him. Is that true??

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:36 AM on Feb. 20, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No. The BF will not be responsible for the child until a DNA test is done. That mean visitation and child support, unless he decides that he will pay child support w/o getting a DNA test. If they were married then in most states he would be responsible whether the kid was his or not. If she isn't sure the child belongs to BF then she should have him sign the BC, he can sign it later after a DNA test.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:29 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • In my state, if the mother is unmarried, she can't put any father's name on the birth certificate until he signs a statement of paternity (with or without a DNA test), at which point he does become legally responsible for the child. Once a father's name is on the birth certificate, that means that man is the legal father regardless. So if either mother or father aren't sure, a DNA test before signing the statement of paternity would be prudent.

    That kind of thing varies from state to state, though, so you might want to check your state for specifics.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 8:12 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • yes, here in MI if you sign a birth certificate you are legally stating you are the child's father and are responsible for child support, even if later you are deemed not to be the bio father

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 8:49 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • I believe in my state (NY) that if you sign the birth certificate then you are responsable, even if you are split, and if paternity is astablished saying he is not the father than he has the choice to revoke the responsablility. This happened to a family friend and he had to pay child support for the baby and a year later decided to do a test and came back negative and he could withdraw his responsibility for the child, but all the money he payed in child support he couldnt get back.

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 8:56 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • oh also have you ever heard of birth certificate fraud! Unless she knows for sure that he is the daddy he should sign. sometimes it can get you in big trouble!

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 9:00 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • no, not in illinois.

    Answer by Tummysmomma at 9:15 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • A birth certificate is a legal document. If you sign it, you are LEGALLY stating that you ARE the father of the child, OR are willing to be the father of the child.

    My SIL had 2 children with her current ass of a husband while still legally married to her 1st husband. She had to leave the father blank because according to SC law, she had to put her current husband not the actual father of the children. Although looking at her younger 2 children - her 1st husband could be their father because they look more like him than the ass.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • well the way i was told was that he wanted to sign it and at the hospital he said that he didnt want a dna test so.....thats why she feels that he is responsible for the child. He was told that if there was any dout the child was not his then not to sign it but he did becase like i said he said he was the father and now that there splitting up everything has changed...

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • If he signs the birth certificate he is responsible unless he gets a private DNA test.He can't get one done through the courts because by signing the birth certificate he said its his kid.I went through this.My ex husband knew he wasnt my sons father,but wanted to raise him as his own.So he sighned the BC.We split and he decided he wanted nothing to do with my son.So he got aprivate paternity test done so he wouldnt be responsible.The courts told him if he didnt get the test done he was going to pay child support whether it was his kid or not.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:22 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • A Birth certificate is a legal document. When the man signs it, he IS taking responsability. So he can't change his mind later-even if he is NOT the Father.
    The time to get a DNA test is before signing it-once it's signed, that is it (unless there was fraud involved, he is mentally disabled, or under the age of majority)

    Answer by Tea4Tas at 10:26 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

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